Non-pharmacological Comfort Interventions

by Diana Shenefield, PhD

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    Welcome! My name is Diana Shenefield. And on this lecture, we’re going to talk about non-pharmacological comfort interventions. You know, sometimes as nurses, the easy thing to do is to go get that pain med for our patients. But we have to remember that a lot of times, pain meds don’t always take care of the problem. So, let’s look at some ways that we can help our patient without just giving them a pill. So we’re going to look at what are our options. Sometimes as nurses, again, we look at what medically we can do. But we need to remember that we’re holistic, and there's a lot of things we can do to comfort our patients without giving them medications. So, let’s look at those and be thinking about those in your mind. And it’s not necessarily things that you maybe do personally, but maybe you have a resources, or maybe there’s somebody in their family that knows these interventions and can help the patient. There are a lot of things that I don’t know how to do. I don’t know how to do acupuncture. But I do understand that acupuncture does help a lot with pain relief for certain illnesses. So, maybe it’s not me that’s doing it, but maybe it’s helping the patient find resources that will work for them. So, what are we going to look at? We’re going to look at assessing our patients, and we’re not only going to look at our patients that we have that are acute, but we’re also going to look at palliative care. We know that people that are in palliative care sometimes have a lot of discomfort, maybe not just pain but restlessness, nausea, all of those other things, itching. So, what can I do to help...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Non-pharmacological Comfort Interventions by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Physiological Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Non-Pharmacological Comfort Interventions
    • Alternative Therapies for Pain Relief
    • Palliative Care

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    2. Paresthesia
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     Diana Shenefield, PhD

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